Samuel Adams Hefeweizen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams HefeweizenSamuel Adams Hefeweizen
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Samuel Adams HefeweizenSamuel Adams Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hazy golden and filled with smooth wheat character, our Hefeweizen is our take on the classic German beer. Notes of clove and banana, signatures of this traditional style, accent the aroma and flavor, and are complemented by a subtle bready malt character. Clean and crisp, this beer pairs best with a sunny summer day.

Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Spalt-Spalter Noble hops

Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, White Wheat

14 IBU

Added by SixpointJMH on 01-02-2004

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Ratings: 737 |  Reviews: 576
Photo of UncleJon206
1/5  rDev -68.8%

Photo of gunther1205
1.25/5  rDev -61.1%

Photo of jophish17
1.5/5  rDev -53.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of Thomajt
1.72/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I will begin with saying that I got this beer mixed in with my 6 pack of Sam Adams Porter. Since I truly enjoy a hefeweizen, I was not too upset with this finding. I never looked at the exp. date, but something was def. wrong with this beer. In the end, I poured this beer out to be replaced with a Flying Dog Imperial Porter.

Appearance - Said it was an unfiltered beer, but poured almost as clear as a bud light. Not cloudy at all and had no buildup of yeast at bottom.

Smell - Was a very weak wheat/banana smell.

Taste - Nothing like a hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel - Weak and slightly sour. This beer had to of been expired.

Drinkability - Poured it out before I was done.

I hate to give Sam Adams such a bad review, as I enjoy a number of their beers. But this one was terrible. I will have to try it again at another time and hopefully change my review, but will be in no hurry to do so.

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Photo of fthegiants
1.73/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of DogFood11
1.73/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Yellow, leaning slightly to amber. Unfiltered, hazy body sits below a white head that leaves minimal lacing.

Hay, wheat, dry grass, a bit of citrus creeps into the picture. Finishes with an astringent lemon splash. Fruit profile is really depleted and flat out missing. Far from expecting a huge mash of flavors but this is really one sided and boring.

Notes: Lemon can be effective in alot of brews but this one it really just annoys more than anything. Not for me.

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Photo of drinknewbelgium
1.74/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

poured a dull yellow color with a great head that lasted somewhat smelled pourly of wheats that werent that appealing to the nose tasted very disappointed watery wheat very loose arrangement of wheats and very unbalanced and watery light sensations that dull out any valued taste i couldnt finish this one never again

sammy is all right but not this beer i guess thats why this one is not the flagship just didnt do it for me at all my recommendation? dont waste your time

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Photo of joshautry
1.88/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of bboven
1.88/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hefe it is not.

Slightly cloudy straw body with a but lasting head leaving some decent lacing.

Smells clean and mildly malty. No yeast characteristics at all.

The taste is slight wheat with a wax aftertate. Really very unpleasing.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and very drying.

A complete miss. Not only not a hefeweizen, as the bottle claims, but just a bad beer.

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Photo of Hunter
1.88/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Dark yellow and only mildly cloudy brew. Sitting atop is a shock white head with decent staying power.

Smell is oddly subdued. There is a whiff of wheat there, but not fresh and sharp as you'd expect of a hefe.

Taste isn't much better. No real flavor of wheat malt until near the end, when an anemic taste works its way out of the aftertaste. Small bit of alcoholic/metallic tang in the swallow as well. Thin mouthfeel.

I'm loathe to give this a poor rating, because I really like SA Cherry Wheat, and I don't imagine this is anything but the same beer without the cherries. But as a straight hefe, there are several breweries that do the style better. I'll finish the sixer but there'll be no sequel in my fridge after.

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Photo of webbie
1.9/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Other than the color and mouthfeel, nothing else about this beer reminded me of a Hefeweizen. Had an extremely strong alcoholic finish that lingered way too long. Could have been skanked, but overall, I won't be picking up another one of these again.

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Photo of Socrates68
1.92/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I typically love beers brewed by Sam Adams, but this beer is not something I'd expect from them. As a hefeweizen, this beer is a joke. As soon as I poured it, I knew it wasn't going to be as good as others. The color is not as hazy as a hefeweizen should be. I was actually able to see my fingers through the glass. It did have a nice body, as it was still slipping down the side of the glass by the time I finished. The smell was a little bitter, as was the taste. I don't mind bitter beers, but hefeweizens aren't supposed to be bitter.

Overall, it was rough to drink. I bought one six pack just to try it, and I'm sure I'll only buy one six pack in my lifetime. If you want an excellent hefeweizen, try Widmer Brothers

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Photo of garylee
1.92/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Has a golden appearance not much else to say

S-Smells much better than it tastes. Pleasant aroma

T-Very bad aftertaste, not to mention it tastes bad goin down

M-Feels ok...It should have been a little colder but thats my fault

D-I couldn't have more than one or two of these. One of the worst SA has to offer.

Overall: Part of the summer sampler pack...I would never buy this in a 6 pack. One of the worst hefeweizens I have had. Pales in comparison to even Schlafly's offering not to mention the Weihenstephaner that I've tried. Spend your money elsewhere.

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Photo of HardTarget
1.96/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sept 05 notched, out of the sampler pack. Thanks to Pegasus for sharing a bottle.
Aroma: Has something gone wrong? A very artificial sour citric smell with mild lemon.
Appearance: Dirty blond glass topped with a fluffy white head that collared very quickly. Started out great, but no retention
Flavor: That sour note in the aroma carries through against all my hopes. I get wet grain, artificial banana flavoring, and DMS cooked veggies. There is also an “adjunct” taste going on. Bottom line: dishwater.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, ok carbonation level.
Overall Impression: Just nasty tasting. None of the refreshing wheat and banana/clove flavors I look for in a Hefe. Back to the drawing board with this one.

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Photo of chrispoint
2/5  rDev -37.7%

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2/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of mbs11
2/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.03/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sam Adams- Hefeweizen

A- Bright clear yellow with a quick disappating head. Heavily carbonated.
S- A light yeasty clove aroma that turns to funky straw/hay and corn husk.
T- Very light and sweet malt, no banana, bubblegum, or clove, just bland dry earthy notes. A slight dash of lemon.
M- Sweet corn syrup like flavor leaves a earthy straw dryness on the tongue.

Overall- A huge disappointment! Drinkable but not a hefe in my eyes. Very weak!

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Photo of jsh420
2.03/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

drink by sept 09

pours hazy gold with a 1 finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smells of sour malts

taste like sour malts with some spice and maybe a some banana

mouthfeel is way to heavy for this style with not much carbonation

drinkability - the only way i am ever going to be drinking this beer is when its sold in the sample 12 packs

overall - sam adams should not be allowed to even print hefeweizen on the bottle

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Photo of Todd
2.06/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz brown bottle from the mix 12-pack. Pours a cloudy, pale and peachy amber colored beer topped with a two-finger creamy, foam white head with nice retention and a subtle stick to the glass.

Very faint phenolics, some citric zest, grains and touch of bubblegum. Leafy hop notes.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel upfront that turns raw and gritty feel on the palate with a leafy hop character. Touch of lemony zest, back by a wheat twang. Milky flower stem sap. Dry stick of bubblegum flavor, light sweetness beneath a grainy character. Minerally. Dry finish with tannins all over the palate. Finish lingers way too long, and is extremely unpleasant.

Not working for me. This is a pretty bland attempt at a Hefeweizen, and definitely more of an American Wheat Ale (and a poor one at that, staying consistent for the style). Hops seem out of place and overbearing. Malt profile is weak and annoying with its clingy tannins. The wheat is out-of-control and unbalanced. There's simply nothing holding this beer together.

I expect more from "America's World-Class Beer (tm)"

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
2.06/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head

Smells like wheat, maybe a little lemony. None of the banana or clove you come to expect from a good hefe.

Taste is primary wheat with a little sweat malt. Again, not your classic hefe taste that I expected.

Drinkability is not very good, though I did have another because there was nothing better to drink while listening to some good music.

I normally like Sam Adams offerings, but I did not care for this one.

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Photo of cdizinno
2.1/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a cloudy, brown amber color with a two-finger creamy, foam white head. Slight retention to the glass.

S: Very nice citrus and mild hop notes.

T&M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel but very watery aftertaste. Almost no flavor to speak of. Touch of lemony flavor and wheat twang. Light sweet taste.

Probably the worst Hefeweizen I've ever had. I do remember my first try several years back was an unpleasant experience. Recently bought a sampler case of Sam's and I don't know what I'll do with the remaining hefe, but I'm sure it'll be last of the group.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
2.1/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark golden to light orange. The head pours white and bubbly but thin and fully receding.

Smell is very hard to detect. There's a bit of fruit sweetness almost to the point of smelling spoiled. There's a bit of caramel hiding in there too... this is a hefeweizen?

Taste is really nothing special. Really tasted like cheap macro swill...

Mouthfeel is fine. Theres a decent amount of carbonation but it's soft and goes down easily.

Drinkability is hurt by the fact that THIS IS NOT A HEFEWEIZEN!

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Photo of icetraxx
2.11/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this earlier in the year. What a terrible, terrible impersonation of the Hefe-Weiss style. Luckily I was able to use the three bottles of this from a sampler pack in beer bread or else it would of gone down the drain. The bottles were fresh, but the flavor was truly disappointing. No banana or clove aromas, no complexity, and a stale off-tasting and boring malt flavor that is common with all Sam Adam's wheat beers. This beer also damaged the flavor of my beer bread. I am very glad that they retired this beer and it may prevent newcomers from trying better versions of the hefe weisse style.

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